How to stop coming over the top
No matter if you’re hitting an iron or a driver, coming over the top with your swing can spell disaster. It’s often the cause of a slice but can also lead to big pulls depending on how you release the club.
The margin for error is so small if you want to hit it straight, and even when you do manage to sync everything up, this less powerful motion is going to cost you precious yards.
So, if you want to get more enjoyment out the game and shoot better scores, it’s important you set about fixing this flaw.
Sadly, there are no magic cures in golf, but the following drills will definitely help if you apply yourself and commit some time to them.
How to stop coming over the top: Weight transfer
One of the most common causes of the over-the-top move is when golfers fail to transfer their weight properly. This can lead to what’s known as a reverse pivot where the weight stays on the left leg throughout the backswing and then shifts onto the right side coming down into impact.
The consequences of this action are particularly disastrous with the driver in hand.
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A simple drill to help encourage a better move is to set up without a club and place your hands across your shoulders. From there, turn back and feel your left shoulder moving across to your right knee, and then your right shoulder to your left knee as you swing through.
Do this a few times and then try to recreate the feeling with a club in your hands. It’s not going to instantly fix the path of your swing, but over time, it should allow you to deliver club to ball on the right line more regularly.
How to stop coming over the top: Left hip bump
Swinging over the top isn’t only for those with a poor backswing. There are many golfers who shift their weight nicely and get the club into a good position only to pull their left hip back violently, which throws the club outside.
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So another thing that will help is to feel a slight lateral movement with the left hip to begin the downswing. As demonstrated, putting an alignment stick in the ground can work as a good feedback tool.
What this will do is enable the hands and arms to shallow out and create a more neutral and powerful swing plane.
How to stop coming over the top: Seve’s solution
Finally, one of the simple drills Seve used to rely on when he felt he was struggling with this kind of problem – albeit to a lesser extent – was to take his address position and then lift the club up to the point where it was hovering at the same height as his knees.
From there, he would swing around his body on that plane to encourage the feeling of attacking the ball from the inside and releasing the hands better. It’s something we’ve also seen Miguel Jimenez do for many years when he is practising.
The great thing about these drills is that they aren’t overly technical. They promote feels in order to help you gradually find better positions throughout the swing, rather than forcing the issue unnaturally.
Fixing a swing flaw is a marathon, not a sprint. It can take some of the best players in the world years to fully ingrain something they’re working on, so try these drills at the range and start your journey to better golf.
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